The Honeywell 50250 is also sold with the 50250-N model number, although the two units are identical. The Honeywell 50250 is best used in small spaces, and does a good job of removing dust and other allergens from the air. The biggest complaint surrounding this unit is that it's noisy, noticeable even at low speeds.
Good for small rooms. The Honeywell 50250 is best used in small rooms, as it's not powerful enough to clean rooms with larger capacity. The Honeywell air purifier takes in air from all sides of its cylindrical design, expelling clean air out the top, but it doesn't pull as much air through its HEPA filter as more expensive models such as the IQAir New Edition HealthPro Plus (Est. $900) , experts say. Testers from one professional consumer testing organization say the Honeywell 50250 is excellent at removing dust, pollen and cigarette smoke at its high setting, and also does a good job at the low setting.
Easy use with filter indicator lights. Filter indicator lights let users know when it's time to change out -- or at least vacuum -- the filter for maximum performance. The unit itself is fairly large, according to Ed Sherbenou of Air-Purifier-Power.com, and it needs to sit a minimum of three feet away from a wall. Therefore, it will take up some available space in the room. It's lightweight (just 20 pounds) and has a carrying handle at the top for easy transfer from room to room. Replacement filters are easy to find online or in stores.
Noticeable noise on low, quite loud on high. Sherbenou praises the Honeywell's cleaning power, but says he refuses to use it in his bedroom because of the noise. One professional testing organization gives the Honeywell 50250 a rating of Poor for its noise level at the highest fan speed setting, and a slightly better rating of Good for noise at the lower speed settings. One owner posting feedback to Amazon.com explains, "It is noisy at the highest fan speed, and noticeable at the lowest fan speed. For those who wonder if you can tolerate the noise, it is not a machine cranking noise. It is a high air flow sound."
Affordable filters, low up-front cost. The Honeywell's long-lasting HEPA filter should be vacuumed twice a year, but Sherbenou says it will eventually have to be replaced. The Honeywell also uses an odor-reducing carbon prefilter (Est. $15) that should be replaced every three months. This is one of the least expensive air purifiers available, but it doesn't have the power to filter larger spaces.
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The Honeywell Enviracaire 50250-N is one of the 32 room air purifiers tested by ConsumerReports.org. By injecting allergens into a test room, then measuring particle removal on both high and low speeds, editors rate air purifiers for dust and smoke removal and noise level.
Review: Air Purifiers, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, April 2012
Air-purifier expert Ed Sherbenou owns a Honeywell 50250, and it shows in this illustrated review. He says the 50250 is well sealed and has a big filter. "I have seen 18-wheelers with smaller air filters than this," he notes. But it's so loud that he doesn't use it in his bedroom.
Review: Honeywell 50250S Air Purifier Review, Ed Sherbenou, Not dated
More than 685 owners post comments at Amazon.com about the Honeywell 50250. Most users are very satisfied, praising the air purifier's effectiveness at getting rid of odors -- but again, there are complaints about noise.
Review: Honeywell Enviracaire HEPA Air Purifier, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of July 2013
The Honeywell Enviracaire 50250-N posts an average rating of 4.1 out of 5 stars from about 19 users here. Owners say it's quite loud, but it seems to work well. However, it's not Energy Star-rated, and a few owners point out that it uses a lot of energy.
Review: Honeywell 50250-N HEPA Air Purifier with Ionizer, Contributors to Epinions.com, As of July 2013